Is Your Home Ready to Sell?
In this article, we are going to focus on the steps you need to take before you list your home for sale.
The idea of selling your home can be overwhelming. If you are looking to sell your home, there are some steps you can take to make sure it is ready. This will help the realtor be able to efficiently list, show and sell your home.
Get Your Home Ready
Want to get your home ready to sell? First, you need to look at your house in a new way.
Think of your house as a “product” about to go on the market where it will be competing with new construction homes. It needs to show well – which means clutter-free and well kept.
Today’s homebuyers lead busy lives and may not be willing to take on major repairs or improvements upon moving in. You need to make your house a “10”. You need to be able to spot what is right and what is not so good about your “product”. By being able to look at your house as a “product,” it will give you the opportunity to take corrective action to ensure your house looks fresh, clean and well maintained when the “For Sale” sign goes up.
If It Needs Fixing, Fix It
If you need to make improvements to your home, do the work before it goes on the market. Potential buyers are not interested in hearing about your good intentions to look after defects before a transfer of ownership takes place. Even if fix-up work is underway, buyers may not be able to visualize what your home will look like when the work is finished.
Potential buyers will just remember it being in a state of disrepair.
Check Your Curb Appeal
How does your home look from the street? That is where prospective buyers will be when they first see your home; and, that is where they will form that all-important first impression.
If you were a buyer driving by your home would you want to go into the house? Would you want to buy the house?
Remove yourself from the emotional bond you have with your home and look at it with fresh eyes. How does it look in comparison to your neighbours? Does it need to be cleaned up? Greened up? Snow shovelled? How can you make it more welcoming? Remember your curb appeal is the first impression.